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2011 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir

The 2011 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir from California has 13.5% alcohol, cost about $15, and scored a nice 15 points on the Dionysian scale.  At nine years old, it…

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Scoring 18+ Dionysian Points, with 13.5% alcohol, and costing under $20 back then, the 42 year old 1978 Prunotto Barolo, served with lasagna, was wonderful! Road tar, dried…

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1983 Savigny-Les- Beaune

All Burgundy is good – some are remarkable. The 37 year-old 1983 Joseph Drouhin Savignyu-Les-Beaune, cost under $20 back then, had 12.5% alcohol, and scored 18+ points on…

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1982 Chateau Lagrange

From Saint Julian in Bordeaux, with 12.5% alcohol,costing now about $225 for the Magnum, this 1982 Chateau Lagrange, at 38 years old scored 19 points on the Dionysian…

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2010 Corte Pavone Brunello

With too much alcohol, 15%, and costing near $45, the 2010 Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino, from a super-great vintage, scored 18 Dionysian points. It should have scored…

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2009 Vacqueyras

At a decade old, the 2009 Lang des Caillous Vacqueyras from the Rhone Valley, scored an excellent 18 Dionysian points out of 20.  With 14% alcohol, and costing…

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1997 Ruffino Reserva Ducale

With 13% alcohol, costing under $25 on release, and scoring 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 1997 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale ,at 22 years old, was…

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Champagne Mailly

With 12 % alcohol, scoring a fine 17 Dionysian points, and costing under $40, the MV Champagne Mailly Grand Cru has a fine bead, nice toasty notes, and…

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2008 La Grande Dame

At 12% alcohol, the 2008 La Grande Dame Brut from Veuve Clicquot scored 19+ Dionysian points from a possible 20. It cost around $165. It has French bread…

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2015 Luca Bosio Arneis

With 13% alcohol, this 2015 Luca Bosio Arneis from the Langhe in Italy’s northern Piedmont region scored 18 gold medal points on the Dionysian scale of a possible…